FireStick and FireStick TV Product Review

 

If you are a fan of Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Now, YouTube, and other online streaming channels, Amazon FireStick is the gadget to look out for. It has been labeled as one of the media sticks with a high streaming power.

With Amazon FireStick there is no room for boredom. It is equipped with over 10,000 channels and comes with inbuilt Alexa skills that allow you to issue commands through the microphone in the remote. The remote also controls the TV.

What’s not to like about a device that turns a normal TV into a smart TV the minute it’s plugged in and paired with Wi-Fi? Even better, the newest version of FireStick responds to Ethernet making it quicker than all the other versions.

The FireStick’s integration with echo speakers is on an elevated level. This creates the possibility of listening to any content from a different room, whenever you are inside your house. All that’s required of you is to pair the echo speakers and the FireStick.

FireStick TV Functionality: How does it work?

Can you imagine how entertaining it would be, having the ability to carry your TV around when going somewhere like on a vacation? This would enable you to complete watching that awesome Netflix Series that left you hanging with curiosity during the last episode among other things. This is what Amazon FireStick does.

Owing to its small size and portability, you can carry it around with all its inbuilt apps, channels, and other content intact. All you’ll require during your next watching is to plug it into a TV’s HMDI port, plug it into a power socket and feed the WIFI password in it when required to.

The amazing part about FireStick TV’s functionality is that your Prime, Netflix, and other entertainment applications run under your subscription, no matter where you plug the FireStick USB.

Amazon FireStick is delivered in a box package alongside its complementary gadgets. Among them are, power adapter, batteries (2 AAA), HMDI extender, remote, and a USB cable. There is also a guidebook to see you through the connection and answer any questions you may have about the gadget’s functionality.

Other common features in all the FireStick TV versions are voice support (Alexa’s response), dual-antenna Wi-fi, internal storage of up to 8 GB, VideoCore 4 GPU, and an additional memory of 1 GB.

The Fire TV Stick by Amazon has many similarities with Chromecast and Roku in terms of its functions. Getting your FireStick to run is merely a three-step process.

Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen) with power and volume controls – requires compatible Fire TV device

Compatible with Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 2020 Release, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), and Amazon Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design). Not compatible with Amazon Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (1st Gen), or Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs.
Now with power, volume, and mute buttons that let you control your TV, sound bar, and A/V receiver.
Just press and ask Alexa to easily find, launch, and control content.

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What are the steps to follow before getting the FireStick TV running?

  • Plug the USB-like part of the FireStick into the HMDI TV port.
  • The FireStick comes with a charger-like plug. Insert it in a power socket and switch the power on.
  • Use the remote to navigate through the set-up.
  • You’ll receive a prompt message asking you to get logged into your account on Amazon.
  • Logging in to your Amazon account automatically connects you to your Amazon music collection, your pictures on the Amazon cloud, access to all the apps available under your subscription as well as games.
  • You can start making a selection of movies, games, and other fun channels that you like.

Pros

Easy to link with other accounts registered under your details.The 4K capability on the latest version of the device guarantees you an online streaming experience of ultra-HD content. Other streaming services such as Amazon Music, Pluto TV, Hulu, Sony Grackle, and many others are available and can be synced to the Amazon FireStick. It is compact. This makes it easy to carry around. It has also been made in such a way that it fits well in most TV’s HMDI ports. Amazon FireStick comes with many free-to-air services. Others are premium and require a subscription before they can be accessed. With such a combination, you’ll never run out of content to watch.Setting it up is an easy task. As explained earlier, the Amazon FireStick TV is easy to set up, by following the outlined steps. Many people can do it without asking for help. Amazon FireStick offers you the option to add more ‘APK’ apps by downloading them through an application known as the ‘Downloader’. An example of additional apps is Direct TV, which is not originally available in a new FireStick. With the Downloader app, one can stream online from restricted apps.

Cons

Advertisements – The device is prone to causing interruptions with many advertisements. The ads are geared to prompt you to buy other available Amazon products. They can be disruptive and annoying.Dependency- Since the FireStick has no independent streaming features, you must have a DVD or TV where it’ll be plugged. It is also impossible to run it where there is no WIFI or internet connection.Inadequate space – The FireStick model with the highest storage space is only capable of handling about 5 gigabit worth of content. You are often prompted to delete some movies or uninstall certain apps to create space for new content.

Apps Available on Site

As mentioned earlier, Amazon FireStick is equipped with a variety of apps, both free and premium. Below is a list of all the choices displayed for you:

YouTube
Downloader
Bookmarker 1
Spotify
Netflix
Hulu
VLC Media Player
Kodi
Twitch
AllCast
Crackle
Calculator
Private Internet Access
ES File Explorer

Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Voice Remote Lite (no TV controls), HD streaming device

Our most affordable Fire TV Stick - Enjoy fast streaming in Full HD. Comes with Alexa Voice Remote Lite.
Press and ask Alexa - Use your voice to easily search and launch shows across multiple apps.
Tens of thousands of channels, Alexa skills, and apps - Including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, and HBO. Subscription fees may apply.

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With these apps, all that’s required of you is to install them and subscribe to those that require a subscription. With that, you are ready to start watching your favorite shows or performing the required tasks. Advancement in technology has seen the creation of apps that you can download from the App Store straight to your android gadgets or iPhone. After its installation, you are enabled to carry out online streaming through your mobile phone, as long as you have a stable connection.

Additional Features and Functions

Menu Navigation 
Navigating through the FireStick’s TV menu is an easy task as the instructions and steps are prompted on the screen, one after the other. Likewise, you can opt to navigate using Alexa’s voice options. The Bluetooth remote comes in handy, as you don’t have to point it to the USB FireStick for it to work.

User-friendliness
Despite the numerous advertisements that keep interrupting the shows, all other features on the FireStick are nothing but user-friendly. Authenticating the FireStick TV to your Amazon account makes it easier to acquire your favorite genres. It is also kids-friendly, as there are several locked-in channels dedicated to children’s cartoons, animation, songs, and games.

Remote Control
Amazon FireStick TV arrives with its remote replacement. It runs on batteries. The most recommended batteries for the remote are the 2 AAA batteries. The remote is fitted with Alexa features, Bluetooth, and a microphone through which instructions are received. Is there a replacement for a damaged or non-functional remote? Yes! You can purchase a new Fire TV remote that works with all the FireStick devices. The remote is highly-priced and that could be the motivation we need to take better care of our remotes.

Available Models
There is a variety of models and versions of Amazon FireStick TV. Each new model comes with better and more upgraded features than the last one.   The list below states the models’ names, and the year of their release.

1st-generation Fire TV Stick- 2014
2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick- 2016
1st- Gen Fire TV Stick 4K- 2018
1st-Gen Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite- 2020
3rd Gen Amazon Fire TV Stick- 2020

Hacking/ Jailbreaking Possibility
How great would it be to have access to unlimited fun and entertainment on your Amazon FireStick TV? Jailbreaking through the Amazon FireStick may not be an easy task, but it is not an impossible one either. It involves several steps that you can follow and hack into the restricted areas and apps. It is possible to carry out the process on your own or get help from someone else who has more experience on the same.

Final Word;
The pros outweigh the cons, meaning that the gadget has a lot to give credit for. Get yourself an Amazon FireStick and FireStick TV and elevate your entertainment choices. Cutting the cord has never sounded easier.

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